Stay "Weather Aware" this weekend
After another sunny, breezy and warm day Friday, we turn our attention to the weekend. A slow approaching cold front could bring the potential for some strong to severe storms later Saturday Afternoon through Saturday Night. Heavy rain could follow through Sunday Morning.
A sunny and very warm day is on tap for Friday. 50s during the morning, then upper 70s to lower 80s through the afternoon. Along with the abundant sunshine should be an increasing wind speed from the south at 10-20mph. Clouds should begin moving in Friday Night with overnight lows only dropping to near 60.
SEVERE POTENTIAL FOR THE WEEKEND
A slow approaching cold front could create the potential for some strong to severe storms Saturday Afternoon and Night. Timing has been differed among forecast data. The first half of Saturday looks partly to mostly cloudy, breezy and warm with afternoon highs back into the mid 70s. Through the afternoon, the chances increase to our north and west of some thunderstorms moving in. By late afternoon, the chances increase southeast across a larger part of the viewing area. And, the chance and coverage increases area wide Saturday Evening and Night. The Storm Prediction Center has most of our viewing area in the "Slight Risk" category for severe storms. This means that there is a 15% chance that some storms could produce damaging wind gusts, hail and isolated tornadoes.
Heavy downpours could continue through later Saturday Night and through the first half of Sunday. Rainfall projections are in the 1.50" to 2.00" range. But, the GFS model projects a possibility of up to 3.00". It all depends on the speed of the front moving through. Once the front moves by early Sunday Afternoon, rain should rapidly end from west to east.
As always, you can depend on the StormTrack 9 Team to keep you updated on the timing and potential severity of storms!
COOLER AIR RETURNS
Much cooler air should move in behind the cold front mentioned above. Sunday Afternoon temperatures could fall from the 60s and into the 50s. By Monday, it could be another very cool day for mid April as afternoon highs could stay in the mid 50s, but dry. Temperatures Monday Night could be cold enough for some scattered frost with lows in the mid/upper 30s by Tuesday Morning. This cool snap is brief as temperatures should rapidly warm the remainder of next week. Sunny to partly sunny each day with upper 60s returning Tuesday and low/mid 70s Wednesday and Thursday Afternoon.